I think it was 'Don't have ideas above your status' or something like that, or 'don't trust the devil because bad things will happen'. The play 'Macbeth' is believed to be cursed. They might think this because if the theme of the play happened in real life, it would be very bad and shocking. They might want to stop the play from being performed so they don't give any psychotic nutters any ideas to kill the king (I know that has nothing to do with the essay question, but I thought I would add it anywayâ€¦sorry) Shakespeare was a brilliant play writer and I thoroughly enjoyed Macbeth.
This makes Macbeth's mind wander how on earth he is destined to become king? At first his mind turns to evil thoughts, "why do I yield to that suggestion "Whose horrid... ... middle of paper ... ... had lost, but always had, the ability to choose at whichever point he could, and not simply carry on with evil deeds along the path to destruction. This idea is strengthened even more by the use of rhyming couplets. In conclusion, our sympathy for Macbeth reaches a multitude of levels throughout the play, perhaps peaking at the 'tomorrow' soliloquy and reaching an all time low during the murder of the Macduff's. What I am sure of however, is that he fully regains our sympathy at the end, dying as if he were the soldier we first heard of on the battlefield.
William Shakespeare liked soliloquies because they helped to show the character’s personality. Macbeth’s soliloquy in Act I, Scene 7 of ‘Macbeth’ reflects Macbeths’ insecurity and is a battle for the answer to his question: “Is it worth killing the king?” Macbeth finds himself questioning the possible effects, tries to find reasons not to do it and even fantasized about consequences ending as soon as the action is done. It’s an interesting moment of self reflection to read because through Shakespeare’s beautiful words, comes ugly motives and dark thoughts. This soliloquy demonstrates Macbeth’s insecurity, Duncan’s rightfulness, how Macbeth feels about his motives and Duncan, and leads us thinking into what Macbeth could possibly do next. Up to this point in the book, William Shakespeare has made us think that Macbeth was quite a warrior.
In a similar situation of being a victim, Othello starts off as a good man then becomes someone beyond belief of what he had become. In Othello, Shakespeare uses metaphors, anecdotes and symbolism. In both plays they have a similar theme, things may not always be as they seem. In the play Macbeth, Shakespeare interprets his theme well by creating a nobleman, who then get caught up in his own avarice for the crown. Shakespeare’s Macbeth creates an element like no other, using both character development and figurative language he is able to change Macbeth into only showing his evil side.
Dramatic Effects in William Shakespeare's Macbeth 'Fair is foul and foul is fair' starts the play with an oxymoron, a theme which is continued throughout. Using the witches at the beginning of the play is also a contrasting idea, as they are evil and initially Macbeth is an innocent being. Making the witches evil is a dramatic effect, as Shakespeare could have made them seem nice and that their intent was to help Macbeth, but by naming them 'weird sisters' he gives them an air of mystery that changes the direction of the play. If he had made them seem harmless then the audience would have been surprised by their actions later in the play. James 1st, the king at that time, would have been very happy about Shakespeare's use of the 'evil' witches as he was sure that witches were out to get him at this point in his life.
Macbeth at first dismisses the prophecies as fantastical. Then thoughts of the greater power seep into Macbeth’s mind. The “fiends that lie like truth” (Shakespeare) encourage Macbeth’s malice thinking by foretelling the truth that Macbeth does indeed become Thane of Cawdor without any extra effort on his part. Banquo, although at first charmed by the witch’s prophecy for him, tends to eventually dismiss it as a trick by the witches. “To win us to our harm, the instruments of darkness tell us truths, win us with honest trifles, to betrays in deepest consequence,” (Shakespeare) Once Macbeth has been named Th... ... middle of paper ... ...y Macbeth, many of Macbeth’s mistakes led him into a delusional state of mind which in turn directed him to commit heinous murders against many characters, including his best friend and his cousin and king.
Banquo's importance in the play stems, in large part, from his different response to these witches. Like Macbeth, he is strongly tempted, but he does not let his desires outweigh his moral caution: But 'tis strange, And oftentimes to win us to our harm The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles to betray's In deepest consequence. (1.3.120-124) Macbeth cannot act on this awareness because his desires (kept alive by his active imagination and his wife's urging) constantly intrude upon his moral sensibilities. Hence, he seizes upon the news that he has just been made Thane of Cawdor, using that information to tell him what he most wants to believe, that the witches tell the truth. This supernatural soliciting Cannot be ill, cannot be good.
In a time period where class was the most important aspect of social standards, William Shakespeare beat the odds and explored with his work. He tested the waters, even though he knew that he could be risking his life. If his plays offended royalty, it was a matter of being shunned from the community, or death. In his play The Tragedy of Macbeth, Shakespeare utilized worldwide influences and weaved them into his piece to produce his own spinoff of the story. It is evident that the piece that pride, betrayal, and fate are the prime thematic topics, but Shakespeare blurs the line between the allusion of a life full of fortune, and the reality of the burdens that come with life.
Flaws in Macbeth’s character are further emphasised throughout and after the witches’ prophesise to Macbeth and Banquo about their future kingship. “…ignorant of what greatness is promis’d thee”, extracted from Macbeth’s letter to Lady Macbeth. The connotations behind the word “promis’d” signal Macbeth’s lack of understanding about the witch’s prophecies revealing that human beings are susceptible to manipulation when obsessed with the outcomes. Although the witches’ prophecies had been fulfilled before,... ... middle of paper ... ...ntain his promises but more lethally, Lady Macbeth’s implication that she is more so a man than Macbeth. Shakespeare reveals to the audience the results of temptation and deviation from the natural order, as responders are filled with a sense of dread as he succumbs to Lady Macbeth’s manipulation and represses his conscience.
“Stars, hide your fires; Let no light see my black and deep desires. The eye wink at the hond yet let that be which the eye fears, when it is done to see” (Act I, Scene 4, lines 52- 55). His desire for power is at war with his good morals. He wants to become king but does not want to kill Duncan. Macbeth still has some good in him before he commits his first murder.